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November 14, 2006

Corporate Sponsorship for our public schools. That is a proposal that sends ice through my heart. I once read a book, which is a kind of satire of the direction that this country is going with corporations becoming more and more powerful called Jennifer Government, by Max Barry. In Max Barry’s America, all aspects of life are incorporated, including the government, the schools, and the police. Employees of these megacorps take as their last name the name of the corporation that they work for: John Nike, Violet ExxonMobil, or Jennifer Government. Children in school take the name of the corporation that owns the school. Great book, I’d definitely recommend reading it.

I’m not saying that allowing corporate sponsorship and advertisement to our schools will begin the descent to a world where my daughter’s last name will become “McDonald’s” or mine will become “Outsourced to India” but it is a lamentable step in the wrong direction when a teacher is suggesting this as a remedy for the colossal disaster that is the Christina School District’s finances. We already live in a world where the once nobly named “Veterans Stadium” is now the FU Center… no wait, Corestates… no wait, Wachovia soon to be MBNA, no I mean Bank of America Center.

Why not implement a corporate-sponsored uniform, so our kids can proudly wear the Verizon logo? Instead of the national anthem, our school bands (should they survive the budget crisis) can play “I Want My Chili’s Baby Back Ribs” before the big game against the Chrysler H.S. Impalas in the Mattel Arena (bleachers provided by Amazon.com).

Corporate sponsorship for our schools seems like a slippery slope that would best be avoided. If we lived in an ideal world where our corporations could be trusted to not take advantage of the situation, then maybe maybe it would be worth selling out our education to the highest bidder.

Who am I kidding? The whole idea sickens me.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2006 9:38 pm

    I remember going to school, seems like so long ago now, we didn’t have vending machines with junk food; didn’t have corporate sponsored newscasts or anything else that would invite a corporate presence into our schools. I believe it was a good idea then and I believe it’s a good idea now. I remember we sold Coke at home football games and that’s the ONLY corporate presence I can recall.

  2. November 15, 2006 7:13 pm

    Well, I have it in confidence that the teacher proposing this monstrosity, Paul Sedacca, is a bit of an outspoken rabblerouser. Considering the nature of this proposal, we may even question his forethought.

  3. November 16, 2006 1:52 am

    I remember the flak the CSD teachers fell into for getting caught soliciting perk cash from local businesses – even those outside of the district.

    There is no place for crass capitalism in the environment of the education of our children. None.
    If we need to fund schools with corp money let them give to the state in “gasp” taxes or adverts in leg hall for christs sake.

    Just how kosher is the idea of corp banners draped over the balconies there? No more so than this conflict of commercialism impinging on the busimness of developing impresionable young minds.

    Fire that teacher. He is corrupt.

  4. November 16, 2006 5:49 am

    I would not say he is corrupt, but I would say that he is more loud than he is thoughtful and discriminating.

  5. November 20, 2006 5:03 am

    I enjoyed Jennifer Government quite a bit. It was’t too difficult to see a world where “Hayley McDonalds” learns in the local Mattel elementary school.

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